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Broadband Problems Derail Montana’s Telemedicine Legislation

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Proposed telemedicine legislation in Montana has stalled, reportedly because legislators are concerned the bill won’t help rural residents access the telehealth services they need. House Bill 389, which seeks to set telemedicine practice...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Goes Live in 7 Member States

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Members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact are now accepting applications from physicians interested in practicing telehealth across state lines. The Federation of State Medical Boards has announced that the compact went live on Thursday,...

Congress to Revisit Telehealth for Chronic Care Legislation

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Congress will get another crack at expanding telehealth for chronic care with the return of a Senate bill seeking better Medciare coverage of remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary...

AMIA: mHealth Tools are Vital to Bridge the ‘Health IT Chasm’

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mHealth tools and platforms could go a long way toward bridging the “health IT chasm” that exists between healthcare providers and their patients. Digital and connected health tools play a big part in two policy documents unveiled...

Montana Bill Seeks to Establish Telemedicine Practice Standards

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The latest state to consider telemedicine practice standards also happens to be one of the nation’s largest and least populated. Montana Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City) has introduced legislation to “put sideboards on the...

Bill Seeks Medicare Reimbursement for New Telehealth Programs

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Congress will revisit a bill that seeks to expand telehealth across the nation by improving Medicare reimbursements. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have re-introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, after...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

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Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

New Resource Helps mHealth App Developers Understand HIPAA

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Healthcare providers and mHealth app developers trying to understand the complexities of HIPAA now have a new resource at their disposal. The Connected Health Initiative, an offshoot of ACT | The App Association, has launched an interactive tool...

AHRQ Seeks Data on Telehealth Value for Acute, Chronic Care

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking for more evidence that telehealth can help in the management of patients with acute and chronic conditions. The agency is looking for “scientific information submissions”...

mHealth Apps for Cardiac Care Sanctioned for Misleading Claims

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Three companies marketing mHealth apps for cardiac care have been sanctioned for “misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices.” New York Attorney General Eric G. Schneiderman announced settlements with the three companies...

Idaho Revises Anti-Abortion Telemedicine Legislation

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Idaho’s Senate has voted to amend two-year-old telemedicine legislation that prohibits doctors from using an online platform to prescribe abortion-causing drugs. The Senate voted 28-7 this week to approve HB 250, which “[a]mends existing...

Defining Digital Health: What Makes an ‘Effective’ mHealth Program?

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How does the healthcare system measure the effectiveness of a digital health program? The Connected Health Initiative, which last year sought a consensus definition for asynchronous telemedicine, is ready to tackle more confusing mHealth...

North Carolina lawmakers eye telemedicine payment parity

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Lawmakers in North Carolina – a state with a long track record of telemedicine and mHealth innovation – are poised to debate a bill that would establish reimbursement parity for payers. H.B. 283 would mandate that health plans cover...

WV Passes Bill to Increase Patient Access to Telemedicine

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On Monday the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of West Virginia Practical Medicine Act, a bill that would significantly increase telemedicine use in the state pending state senate approval. House Bill 2509 would...

Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules

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Texas lawmakers are ready to review a bill that would define telehealth and telemedicine and enable clinicians in the state to use the platform to establish a physician-patient relationship. Submitted this week by State Sen. Perry Schwertner,...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Closer to Reality for Nurses

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A national effort to enable nurses to practice telehealth across state lines may go into effect before the end of the year. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing reports that 10 states have approved legislation adopting the enhanced...

Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

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Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to allow...

Utah Senator Chooses Telemedicine’s Value Over Politics

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Utah senators are trying to de-politicize a telemedicine bill by removing language that would have banned so-called abortions-by-telemedicine. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 this week to approve an amended...

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

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Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

ATA Sees Telemedicine Momentum in New Report Cards

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The latest report cards from the American Telemedicine Association show an upswing in support for telemedicine across the country, with a few bumps in the road. The ATA’s reports – one focused on coverage and reimbursement and the...

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